Businesses reopening after Sandy

Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the Long Island business community forcing dozens to close because of damage suffered during the storm. This is a database of businesses across Long Island that have since reopened. If you know of a business that should be included, submit the information here.

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Business Address Community Zip State The story Website Date closed Date reopened
Clark Botanic Garden 193 I U Willets Rd., Albertson 11507 Albertson 11507 NY More than 40 large trees were ripped down in the 12-acre gardens when Sandy hit, and many other plants and fences were also damaged. New trees have been planted and a plan is in the works to replace the 40 trees by the end of the year. Still, it will take years for the new trees to grow as full as the ones they will replace. http://clarkbotanic.org/ 10/29/12 4/24/13
Rachel's Waterside Grill 281 Woodcleft Ave. Freeport 11520 NY Six months and $400, 000 later, Rachel's had its grand opening on April 26. Co-owner Ivan Sayles, of South Seaford, said he and partner Rich Venticinque got their first insurance reimbursement in February, and then they "started building like crazy." They survived by doing off-premise catering from a local kitchen they rented. They also received a $50, 000 grant from National Grid to cover the cost of some kitchen equipment. Now the 16-year-old business is ready for a new era. "We spruced up the menu, we redid the whole place. Everything's fantastic, " said Sayles on the day of the grand opening, adding: "It's got to be one of my better days." www.rachelswatersidegrill.com 10/29/12 4/26/13
The Station for Hair 885 W. Beech St. Long Beach 11561 NY The salon, which first opened in 1989, was closed for almost six months. It was submerged in 5 feet of water. Business is just starting to pick up, and owner Judy McBride expects to have a formal grand reopening in June. www.thestationforhair.net 10/29/12 4/11/13
Brasserie Persil 2825 Long Beach Rd. Oceanside 11572 NY This comfortable French-style bistro was closed for two weeks due to wind damage, loss of power and basement flooding. www.persilrestaurant.com/ 10/29/12 11/10/12
Lawson Pub 3112 Lawson Blvd. Oceanside 11572 NY Flooded by about 5 feet of water, this classy gastropub came back after about a month. Credit the hard work of chef-owner Joseph Bonacore and his team. www.lawsonpub.com/ 11/29/12 11/21/12
Lola's Kitchen & Wine Bar 180 W. Park Ave. Long Beach 11561 NY Under 4 feet of water, with all its equipment lost, this popular Long Beach spot rebounded in three weeks. - 10/29/12 -
View 3 Consuelo Pl. Oakdale 11769 NY It took about five months to totally renovate this scenic restaurant perched over Great South Bay. Flooded and badly damaged, its interior had to be gutted and redone; outside, the bulkhead and patio needed to be replaced. www.lessings.com 10/29/12 3/26/2013
Captain Bill's 122 Ocean Ave. Bay Shore 11706 NY This waterside restaurant, as well as its catering arm, Bayview House, had to be gutted and put back together after extensive water damage. It took about a month. http://captainbills.com/captainbills/ 10/29/12 Closed for a mo
Combs Bait and Tackle 74 Merrick Rd. Amityville 11701 NY Denise and Bill Witchey returned to the 25-year-old shop after Sandy to find $2, 500 worth of bait spoiled due to a two-week-long power outage. The couple gutted and renovated their Lindenhurst home, also damaged by the storm, before reopening on April 3. Denise Witchey said even if they had reopened sooner, there wouldn't have been any customers because surrounding communities were still struggling to get back on their feet. www.combsbaitntackle.com - 4/3/2013
MacDonald Plumbing & Heat 77 Lido Blvd. Point Lookout 11569 NY John MacDonald, 56, a lifelong resident of Point Lookout, said the family business was flooded with 14 inches of water and was without electricity for three weeks. The 83-year-old business went into high gear after superstorm Sandy hit, restoring gas services and providing boilers, gas and water heaters to locals, he said. - - 11/29/2013
Rose and Eye 3001 New St., unit A2 Long Beach 11561 NY Owner Michael Muratore said merchandise throughout the store was destroyed due to flooding. To keep things going, he opened a second location at 4 S. Village Ave. in Rockville Centre in November, and reopened the Long Beach location on April 27. - - 4/27/2013
Guerriere Chiropractic Of 3209 Milburn Ave. Baldwin Harbor 11510 NY Guerriere, who works out of a home office, was just getting used to being back in the space after damage from Tropical Storm Irene kept him out for five months. Then Sandy hit. He and his wife Barbara were forced out for another five months. During renovations, they stayed at Barbara's mother's house while renting space he previously occupied on Merrick Road in Baldwin for the business. They reopened on April 1. After two major disasters in two years, why stay? "We're not people to give up, we're fighters, " said Barbara Guerriere. I grew up in town. As hard as we were hit, we're trying to give a positive vibe off to our neighbors. It lets them know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. And we're hoping that it's not going to happen again." - - 4/1/2013
BounceU 3495 Lawson Blvd. Oceanside 11572 Ny The party facility was closed for two months after more than 11, 000 square feet of space and $130, 000 worth of inflatables went under water. The business replaced the sheet-rock walls, tore up carpeting and rewired all electrical components before reopening on Jan. 5. www.bounceu.com/oceanside - 1/5/2013
Tres Palms 16 East Ct. Babylon 11702 NY Owners Dani and Jodi O'Donnell saw their restaurant under almost four feet of water after the storm hit. The kitchen, cooking equipment and walls were destroyed. They opened with a limited menu in December and gradually added more. They are now fully operational, with new chairs that arrived on April 25. www.trespalms.com - 12/06/2013
Get Beautified Eyelash Ex 234 East Walnut St. Long Beach 11561 NY Susan Patashny's private spa, a Long Beach business since the 1980s, was submerged in 3 feet of water after Sandy, forcing her to work out of her mother's home for more than four months. Most her equipment was heavily damaged. getbeautifiedspa.com - 3/16/2013
Fatfish 28 Cottage Ave. Bay Shore 11706 NY Chef-owner Brian Valdini is still rebuilding the main section of the restaurant and its idyllic patio overlooking Great South Bay, both severely damaged by wind and water. After five months of demolition and repair, the wine bar and canalside deck are finally up and running. http://www.fatfish.info/ - 3/29/2012
Wildfish 507 Guy Lombardo Ave. Freeport 11520 NY "It's been a wild winter, and thank goodness we've been able to put the place back together, " said chef Brad Rubano, who co-owns the seafood restaurant with his father, Tony. Brad said the place was flooded, its electric and the furniture destroyed. The tables, chairs and flooring are all new. www.wildfishli.com - -
Earth Arts of Long Beach 162 W. Park Ave. Long Beach 11561 NY This "paint your own pottery" store was one of the more fortunate businesses in Long Beach. The store suffered from less than half an inch of water damage and worked mostly to sterilize and clean up after Sandy. Owner Michelle Kelley said the community aided in the business's reopening. "People needed a place to release after the storm, " she said. Since other businesses weren't as fortunate, Earth Arts teamed up with other Long Beach community members to create Project Pay it Forward, which works to aid other businesses affected by Sandy. http://www.earthartslb.com/ - 12/16/2012
Sonny's Canal House 1 Jefferson Pl. Baldwin Harbor 11510 NY This fixture of the community, which has been around for over 100 years, was under about 7 feet of water after the storm. Among the historic building's renovations, the entire downstairs area and its concrete tile floors had to be replaced. Owner John Moore said repairs have cost $300, 000 to $400, 000, and work is still being done to the outside of the building. http://on.fb.me/Y2SZOY 03/16/2013 -
Bay Vue 854 S. Wellwood Ave. Lindenhurst 11757 NY The former Lighthouse on the Bay suffered extensive damage after water flooded in through the back patio, destroying the entire restaurant and all of the kitchen equipment. It reopened under the name Bay Vue in late February. www.bay-vue.com - -
Nautilus Cafe 46 Woodcleft Ave. Freeport 11520 NY Nautilus Cafe was one of the first restaurants in Freeport to reopen after Sandy. Owner Brian Crofton said it was spared from the worst because the restaurant is elevated five steps. Places across the street got up to six feet of water in their dining rooms, he said, while he got only a foot. He still gutting the dining room and had to replace the walls, floor, insulation, electricity and air conditioning. www.nautiluscafe.com - 12/12/2012
Nicky's Clam Bar 99 Maple Ave. Bay Shore 11706 NY The store lost 85% of its equipment, including refrigeration and air conditioning. www.nickysclambar.com - 02/01/2013
Captain Ben Bracco's 319 Woodcleft Ave. Freeport 11520 NY Jerry Bracco, 67, a lifelong resident of Freeport, said his 80-year-old family-owned business was submerged in 6 feet of water, with the outside seating area on the docks completely taken out by waves, and the kitchen and electrical equipment submerged in water. Between the inventory spoilage and architectural damage, Bracco estimates he incurred $400, 000 worth of damage. - - 12/15/2012
Samuel Kolstein & Son 795 Foxhurst Rd. Baldwin 11510 NY Owner Barrie Kolstein, 63, of Wantagh, said the violin maker was flooded with at least a foot of water, had sewage backed up, pipes break and damage to its roof. Located in Baldwin since 1980, the 70-year-old business also had to throw out 250 violins. www.kolstein.com - 01/16/2013
Chowder Bar 123 Maple Ave. Bay Shore 11706 NY Owners Pat Robinson and Lynda Nenninger ended up with 4 1/2 feet of water in their restaurant, and the force of the water tore a 2, 000-pound ice machine off the wall. But Robinson credits the staff for a relatively quick reopening. They were without power for two weeks, and employees volunteered their time to clean up. When the power came back on, they were all set to bring new equipment into the restaurant. "We have two women here, we don't mess around, "Robinson said. thechowderbar.com - 11/19/2012
Beach Pediatrics 3227 Long Beach Rd. Oceanside 11572 NY For 10 years, Beach Pediatrics served roughly 3, 000 patients from offices in Island Park, until superstorm Sandy brought four feet of water into the practice. "Our office was decimated, " said Dr. Elise Jonisch, 57, of East Meadow. Taking up temporary space in Valley Stream, the group intended to reopen in Island Park. But when they learned in mid-April that the space was still not ready, they decided to permanently relocate two miles away to Oceanside. "The reception has been grand and we are thrilled, " Dr. Jonisch said. "It's a story of survival." - - 04/24/2013
Manhattan Refrigeration 3400 Bay Front Pl. Baldwin 11510 NY Six months after superstorm Sandy brought more than 4 feet of water into his business, Peter Mietenkorte, 70, of Baldwin, still isn't back in his office. "I'm running my business off a cell phone, which is very difficult to say the least, " he said. Mietenkorte lost $50, 000 in inventory and his building sustained more than $100, 000 in structural damage. He also lost the first floor of his home and is currently living with friends. The business was shut down for a month, and it has since been operating at limited capacity. A Baldwin resident since 1974, he has no plans to leave. "It was a freak storm, once in a lifetime, " he said. "I don't think it will happen again, so instead of running we are staying." - - -
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